101 – Tim Lo Surdo

This guy is a gun. At just 22 years old, Tim Lo Surdo has advised federal senators and worked at everywhere from the Oaktree Foundation to the Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition to UN Youth to the United Voice union.

He’s now set up an advocacy group called Democracy in Colour: an advocacy group dedicated to combating racism in Australian politics. It’s a fascinating project, and here Tim outlines his personal experiences of racism, the realities of racism and the politics of fear in Australia today, the Left’s failures to combat such racism and how white allies can help (in the right way).

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

And it’s now on sale for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

@timlosurdo

Article: This Young Australian Is Starting An Organisation To Fight Pauline Hanson And Cory Bernardi by Osman Faruqi

Cause of the Week: Democracy In Colour (on Facebook@democracycolour)

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100 – Paul Oosting (Live)

100 episodes, everyone! We bloody made it. Gosh.

Thanks so much for getting onboard with this little show. I love doing it and hope you get something out of each episode. I’ve learnt so much talking to all the guests on the show over the past two years and hope to keep doing it for as along as I can.

I can think of no better way to celebrate the century than with a live show at The Wheeler Centre with the national director of GetUp!Paul Oosting.

In this chat, recorded in front of a “sold-out crowd” (it was free, but still – pretty cool) as part of the Centre’s Invasion of the Pod People series on Monday March 27th, Paul and I discuss what GetUp! is all about and how things are looking for progressives in this country at the moment. From the far-right’s influence on the government to 18C to campaign finance reform to the crucial difference between viewing the electorate as “disenfranchised” as opposed to “disengaged”, this is a really interesting and relevant discussion for now.

PLUS we brainstorm about how to stop Dutton getting elected.

A big thanks to Paul for flying down from Sydney just for the show and Helen and everyone at The Wheeler Centre for their help in making this happen.

Here’s to 100 more!

There are just 7 shows left of Problematic at MICF 2017, including an extra show on Saturday April 22nd

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

I’m doing one show only of Boundless Plains To Share this Saturday April 22nd at 5pm

I was in the 2017 MICF Great Debate: watch it on iView here

Here’s my spot at the MICF Allstars Gala

My special The World Keeps Happening is streaming on Stan Australia now

@PaulOosting

Article: Here’s the race hate scare campaign to Liberal marginal electorates

Article: The Left’s foreign donors by Eric Abetz

Article: GetUp! army spurs for conservative foil

Cause of the Week: GetUp! (getup.org.au)

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99 – Senator James Paterson

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James Paterson has been a Victorian senator for the Liberal Party for just over a year now. He’s been making a name for himself as a passionate advocate for freedom of speech in regards to the reforming of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and by proposing that Australia help deal with its debt problem by selling off Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles

Here the Senator and I talk about our first meeting years ago, his position as something of a political anomaly within his own family, why he’s so strident on 18C, racism, offshore detention and corporate tax cuts.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017 – only a handful of tickets left! 

Problematic begins at MICF 2017 this week

Boundless Plains To Share is at MICF for one show only on Saturday April 22nd

My piece for The Guardian: Politically incorrect comedy can work – if the audience gets it 

My piece for The Saturday Paper: Satire, free speech and Mehdi Savari

@SenPaterson

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Article: The Senate blocks the government’s changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 

Article: Even among Australians worried about political correctness 18C is not a big issue 

Article: A history of Section 18C and the Racial Discrimination Act 

Article: 18C Debate is not over say both Liberal Senator and Labor MP

Senator Paterson’s first speech

Senator Paterson’s speech on 18C

Article: What is Section 18C and why do some politicians want it changed 

Article: An inconvenient truth gets in the way of the company tax cut chants

Joint Human Rights Committee report into Freedom of Speech in Australia

Article: Doctors freed to speak about Australia’s detention regime after U-Turn

Article: ‘Voodoo economics’ lie at the heart of Scott Morrison’s budget

Article: There is no such thing as trickle-down economics 

Article: 10 reasons why the company tax cut is a really bad idea

Article: Australia doesn’t need to chase Donald Trump on corporate tax cuts

Article: Company profits surge as wages fall

Cause of the Week: Soldier On (soldieron.org.au)

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98 – Daniel Webb

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Daniel Webb is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre. He is a passionate voice for human rights and for treating people seeking asylum with dignity and humanity.

In this chat Daniel is so crystal clear about why he does what he does, why what we’re doing to refugees is wrong, the alternatives that are out there for us and why it’s vital that we as a country need to rethink our entire approach here. He also describes what it’s actually like for the men being held on Manus Island at the moment and in particular tells me about Mehdi Savari, an Iranian refugee comedian who has been detained on that hellhole for more than three years.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017 – this will sell out, book your tickets now!

Problematic begins at MICF 2017 this week

Boundless Plains To Share is at MICF for one show only on Saturday April 22nd

@DanielHRLC

@rightsagenda

The US refugee deal grows shakier by the day. Turnbull must find a humane way forward by Daniel Webb

Schoolgirl pleads with government to reunite her with refugee dad on Manus

Mehdi’s story on New Matilda, in The Saturday Paper

Cause of the Week: The Human Rights Law Centre (hrlc.org.au)

 

 

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97 – Eva Cox AO

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Writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator, activist and postage stamp honouree Eva Cox AO is a remarkable person. A Jewish refugee child, Eva has always been something of an outsider, agitating for change and asking tough questions her entire life.

In this wide-ranging, educational discussion, Eva sums up the philosophy of neoliberalism and argues the case for social capital. We discuss feminism, Islam, the shortcomings of the same-sex marriage movement, identity politics and the Universal Basic Income. I was inspired and educated by this chat; I hope you like it as much as I did.

Problematic is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival this week

It’s also heading to Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is on this weekend in Brisbane

It’s coming to Melbourne for 1 show only

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

My piece on the abolition of QLD’s “gay panic” law

@evacox

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Bring on the feminist revolution! by Eva on medium.com

Eva’s Wisdom of the Ages piece for The Guardian: Dare To Be Difficult

Article: It’s time to harness angry feminist energy and inject it into welfare policy

A profile on Eva in The Saturday Paper

Eva on The Conversation

Cause of the Week: FIND CAUSES AND IDEAS THAT ARE OPTIMISTIC OR THINK THEM UP YOURSELF

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96 – Fin Taylor

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Fin Taylor is a British comedian who’s making some fascinating politically-charged work at the moment. I saw his show Whitey McWhite Face at the Edinburgh Fringe last year and it lit a fire under my butt. He made me laugh and think and feel uncomfortable, and that’s all good stuff.

Here we discuss his disillusionment with the Left, his journey to progressive centrism, class, Corbyn, Blair, Clegg, Islamism, white white white privilege/invisibility and political correctness.

Problematic is coming to Hobart for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday March 15th

It’s also heading to Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Brisbane (2 shows only) and Melbourne (1 show only)

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

Monday night’s episode of Q&A

@fintaylorcomedy

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Article: The Left Are The Right’s Best Friends by Nick Cohen

The Sydney Morning Herald’s profile on The Iraq Dossier

Cause of the Week: The Euston Manifesto (eustonmanifesto.org)

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95 – Kate Ellis MP

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Kate Ellis has been the Federal member for the seat of Adelaide since 2004. She was the youngest person ever appointed as a minister in the Australian government, holding a number of portfolios. She’s currently the Shadow Minister for both Early Childhood Education and Development and for TAFE and Vocational Education.

This is a frank, funny and insightful discussion about Kate’s career, the state of politics in this country right now and the changes she’s seen over her 13 years in the job. We talk about everything from Islamophobia and dealing with Neo-Nazis to how Tony Abbott changed the dynamics of politics to the disappointments of the Labor leadership turmoil years. Kate reflects on the purpose of factions, the fracturing of the right side of politics and tells an extraordinary story about the bizarre issue that prompted the most vehement feedback she’s ever received as a sitting member.

PLUS Kate helpfully sets out how she thinks we should talk about debt, early childcare and Labor’s approach to offshore detention of people seeking asylum.

Problematic is coming to Hobart for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday March 15th

It’s also heading to Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Brisbane (2 shows only) and Melbourne (1 show only)

Huffington Post long read on “Gay Loneliness”

@KateEllisMP

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A 2008 profile on Kate – Her father’s daughter

Article: Tony Abbott takes aim at Turnbull and lays out conservative manifesto

Cause of the Week: The Zahra Foundation (zahrafoundation.org.au)

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94 – Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore

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Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore was elected as part of the Nick Xenophon Team in the 2016 election.

Now that she’s 7 months in, she reflects on the job in all its glory and its frustrations. Skye talks about what it means to be in the “sensible centre”, why she moved from political staffer to candidate, working with the likes of Cory Bernardi and Pauline Hanson, gambling reform, her views on offshore detention and the government’s proposed visa lifetime ban for people seeking asylum and she even gives some tips about the best way to get your Senator’s attention.

Problematic is coming to Hobart for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday March 15th

It’s also heading to Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Brisbane (2 shows only) and Melbourne (1 show only)

Please support Refugee Legal’s campaign against the new arbitrary deadline for asylum claim applications by donating here

Guardian long piece on Rachel Dolezal

@SenatorSkye

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news.com.au article on Skye

Skye’s First Speech to Parliament

Cause of the Week: The Carly Ryan Foundation (carlyryanfoundation.com)

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93 – Ronny Chieng

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Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng is back in Australia at the moment and gave me some of his time to talk about a whole many things. We covered offence, racism, interviewing white supremacists, freedom of speech, outrage, satire in the age of Trump and his conservative upbringing and disposition.

Oh, and my Nazi haircut. Apparently.

Apologies for the slightly not great audio quality on this one. Persevere, please: it’s worth it. It’s Ronny Chieng, for God’s sake.

Stand Up For Mehdi at MICF 2017

Problematic is coming to Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

@ronnychieng

The Daily Show on Comedy Central

Ronny dismantles Fox News’ stupidly racist “Chinatown” report

Make America Hate Again – Ronny’s undecided voters piece

Cause of the Week: The CNN Freedom Project (cnn.com/freedom

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92 – Adam Jacoby

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Let’s talk about a little thing called democracy.

MiVote is a new political movement that launches next week and it’s all about direct democracy. It’s an online platform and political party that enables its members to directly influence their elected representatives: representatives that will be committed to enacting the people’s (informed) will.

Founder Adam Jacoby kindly gave me a lot of time to talk through the idea and answer my annoying questions. He sets out just how fucked the system currently is and why he believes this might just work.

Problematic is coming to Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

Boundless Plains To Share is coming to Adelaide, Brisbane & Melbourne

Stan Australia announces One Night Stan

Article: More Than Cory Bernardi: Why Right Wing Politics Is Fracturing In Australia by Matthew Knott

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Article: Our democratic operating systems aren’t working: here’s how to upgrade them by Jon Barnes

Article: Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution 

Fast Company story: Can direct democracy be revived through new voting apps? 

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Cause of the Week: MiVote.org.au

 

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